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Dates of entrance examinations

 

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam

Entrance Exams

On this page you will find information on the entrance examinations of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Students should be well-prepared for the exam; it is not possible to take a re-examination. 

Classical/Early Music

This year the entrance examinations of the Classical Department will be held on-site between March 21st and April 1st, 2022. It will consist of three rounds:

  1. Video recording
  2. Live audition on-site
  3. Theoretical examination (not applicable to master candidates)

Candidates whose level in the first round meets the entry requirements will proceed to the second round. Only admissible candidates from the second round will then need to do a theoretical examination.

Video recording 
Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Candidates are asked to send in weblinks to their video recordings, uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see the principal subject of your choice below.

Please make sure that the videos are recorded from a static perspective, showing hands and face and that each work or opus is recorded in a separate video. Please be aware that only unedited videos are allowed to be send in. 

You can put the weblinks to your video recordings in the application form. Deadline to apply and to send in the weblinks is February 1st, 2022.

Live audition on site 
The auditions will be held on-site at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. 
The required repertoire is listed on the page of the specific instrument, of which a web link to the page can be found below. An accompanist is available upon request. Please indicate in the application form if you would like to use this service. 

Theoretical examination
The theoretical part of the entrance examination will be held on-site at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Only admissible candidates will need to do a theory examination. 

More information will be published on this page as soon as possible. 
Master candidates do not take the theoretical entrance examination. 

Finally
The application form can be found here; and the deadline to apply is February 1st, 2022. After your application is received you will be sent additional information on the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cva-studadmin@ahk.nl and we will be happy to assist you.

Jazz

This applies to all principal subjects:

Candidates from abroad, EU as well as non-EU countries

  • preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
  • the entrance exam will be held online. Below you will find more information on the exam format.

Candidates from the Netherlands

  • preselection by means of (a link to) a recording to be uploaded in the application form
  • the entrance exam will be held at the CvA

For the details about 'Music in Education' see this page

Bachelor Entrance Exam

The exam consist of two parts (please note: Classical and Early Music candidates will take the exam parts on two consecutive days):

1. A practical part for all candidates

Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Programme details are to be submitted beforehand. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see the principal subject of your choice below. 

2. Theoretical part for candidates for the preparatory course and all bachelor candidates 

The theory entrance exam tests musical hearing and imagination as well as knowledge and understanding of basic music-theory concepts. The theory entrance exam in 2022 will take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Only candidates who have been declared admissible after their principal study audition (second round) will take the theory entrance exam.

Assessment

During the entrance examination candidates will be tested for level of repertoire, technical skills, artistic abilities, development possibilities, ear tests and musical hearing.  If one of these aspects is considered insufficient, the candidate will fail.

N.B. In order to get an impression of the theoretical part of the exam, please view the theoretical test on this page.

Result

The examination result of the practical part is communicated to the candidate directly after the practical part. The result can be 'admissible to the principal subject' or 'rejected from the principal subject'. The board of directors (not the exam committee), will make the final decisions regarding the admissions. In addition to the results of the practical and theoretical exams (and for foreign candidates their command of the English language), the number of student places available per section will be taken into account. As soon as possible after the entrance exams the candidates will be informed if they will be admitted or not. During the summer holidays all admitted candidates will receive information on the start of the study year, the introduction day and the payment of the tuition fee.

Master Entrance Exam

The master entrance exam consists of a practical exam only. The admission requirements can be found on the page of the principal subject of your choice, see below:

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Dates of entrance examinations

 

 

Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam